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Wake With Elias: The NHL has moved on from Vancouver as a hub city...for now

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Global BC’s Richard Zussman reported the news this morning.

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NORTH VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA - MAY 29: In this photo illustration, a woman wearing a protective face mask walks along a seawall on May 29, 2020 in North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. John Horgan, British Columbia’s Premier, has extended the state of emergency until June 9, 2020 to continue combating COVID-19.
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On Monday, we were almost ready to declare Vancouver as the NHL’s next hub city.

The main reason? Well, Vancouver not only has the lowest rates of COVID among their Canadian hub competitors in Edmonton and Toronto — they have some of the lowest COVID rates among all major North American cities.

However, those other cities don’t have Dr. Bonnie Henry leading the way. Dr. Henry has been applauded for her calm demeanor and strong leadership during this crisis, part of which has helped British Columbia record some of the lowest rates of COVID-19 in North America.

Some of the policies in B.C. though have led to this report from Global BC’s Richard Zussman.

Zussman points out three roadblocks here. What happens when a player or staff member gets sick, what are the quarantine procedures for players and staff, and will B.C. loosen its rules to be similar to a province like Ontario.

However, you can bet the Dr. Henry isn’t going to bend her rules if she believes that it puts the people of British Columbia at risk. Kyle Bhawan and I talked about it on the latest episode of the Silky N’ Filthy podcast that dropped this morning, but I believe that the NHL is leery about how Dr. Henry will react if there is an outbreak once hockey is back underway.

You can tell that the NHL wants to silence information on this. You can look to how quickly the Auston Matthews news was shut down by the NHL as proof of that.

The league wants hockey back at all costs. They also will be hellbent on finishing the season once hockey is back underway. If they want a hub city where they can push around health officials a little bit more, they’ll likely have to look outside of B.C. to find that.

  • Old news by this point, but the other Canucks news to drop yesterday was the team announcing “The Daniel & Henrik Sedin Award” for Community Leadership.

For decades now, players have been frequenting Canucks Place to visit children in the community. However, the Sedins went much further beyond that by always showing up to community events, and by teaching the next generation of Canucks the importance of giving back to the community.

With this award, their legacy of giving back will be carried on forever.

  • So, Alexander Mogilny once again was snubbed from the Hall of Fame. Jarome Iginla, Marian Hossa, Doug Wilson and....Kevin Lowe....were the NHL players to be called to the Hall. Ken Holland was named to the Hall as a builder.
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Canada Women’s Hockey team goalie Kim St. Pierre makes one of her 27 saves during the team’s 3-2 win over the USA women’s squad in the gold medal game at the 2002 Olympic Winter Games. | Location: West Valley City, Utah, United States.
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Three-time Olympic goal medalist and Canadian netminder Kim St. Pierre was also named to the Hall of Fame. Never forget her fantastic performance at the 2002 Olympics where she led Canada to gold, rocking a .936 save percentage in the process.

Looking ahead, the 2021 Hall of Fame class could be significant for the Canucks, with the Sedins and Mogilny eligible.

  • Finally, our writers gathered to make our arguments for the best decade in Canucks history. I think one of the most interesting arguments comes for the 2010s. There was the fact that they were the best regular season team in hockey for two seasons, almost winning the Stanley Cup in the process. They also absolutely stunk for the past four years after a fluky playoff berth in 2015.

Go check out the post and let us know how you feel. Also, we can remember this legendary day in Canucks history that arguably changed the club’s fortunes in the ‘10s.